“Herniated Disc,” “Slipped Disc,” “Disc Bulge”… it goes by many names. It’s the reason you remember (every once in a while) to “bend with your knees” instead of your back. But research shows that there’s so much more you can do to prevent Disc Herniations, and it all has to do with maintaining proper spinal health. By doing something about it now and developing good habits, you can greatly reduce your risk of ever having to deal with a disc injury.

The discs in our spine rely on proper motion and support to function properly. When we move improperly or allow poor posture to weaken important spinal muscles, we put ourselves at risk. By simply leading an active lifestyle you can produce the motion necessary to keep your spinal joints healthy. By remembering proper posture during movements such as running, lifting, or during things such as sitting and standing, you can train your muscles to properly support your spine. Additionally, Chiropractic adjustments are crucial to restoring proper motion to a spine in need.

And living an active lifestyle doesn’t mean going to the gym three times a week. Things such as regular walks around the neighborhood, playing outside with the kids for an hour or so a few times each week, and skipping a few Netflix binges are all it takes to go from being considered ‘inactive’ to ‘active.’

While all spines will develop some kind of degeneration as we age, there is much you can do to slow down that process to prevent injury, especially disc injuries. So as you go about your day, remember these important things to keep your spine healthy and injury free:

  • Spinal degeneration, improper motion, and weak postural muscles in your back increase your risk of disc herniation
  • Living an active lifestyle and developing proper posture practices will promote spinal joint health
  • Chiropractic care can restore proper motion and muscle balance to a spine that isn’t functioning properly